Welcome! We are one of today's stops on the Hearts of Valor tour hosted by Roane Publishing. What I enjoy most about reading an anthology is the assortment and diversity of stories offered by the authors. When I'm done reading there's usually a bunch of new authors I want to read more of. For our stop I decided to pose one question to the authors. That question, along with their answers, can be found below. Enjoy and make sure to enter the giveaway.
Genre: Romance Anthology (Sweet)
Paperback/ebook, 245 pages
Published January 13th 2016 by Roane Publishing
It takes a heart of valor to survive love's battlefield.
Six veteran themed romantic tales brimming with love and sacrifice are sure to show us all what it truly means to have a Heart of Valor.
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The year Veronica turned twenty-two changed her life. She graduated from San Diego State University, married the handsome Lieutenant Carter Weis—widowed six months after the happy nuptials.
Captain Quinn Alstrom of the U.S. Coast Guard was eager to start his newest post; however the excitement had nothing to do with the beautiful surroundings of Key West, and everything to do with his best friend’s wife.
Will Quinn’s surprise arrival in Veronica’s life re-spark the fire in the vivacious woman he remembered? Or, will the memory of her fallen husband stop the two of them from finding happiness?
A Manly Man - Jean Young
Confederate POW, Braxton Bolton, had an unexpected visitor the day before his execution, when Arabella Anderson walked into his jail cell and, in front of other POWs, kissed him until he shook with desire.
Two years prior, she had been the Lieutenant Colonel’s prisoner. While she was tortured and raped by the other Confederate soldiers, Bolton was different. He protected her from further suffering, and the grateful young woman had come to repay his kindness.
While they became more and more intimate, she learned the story behind his kindness.
But what she learned while with her hero POW, turns the sweet girl into a fearsome warrior. One determined to save the soldier with a noble heart.
Hero of Her Heart - S.L. Hughson
Nicole Taylor has loved Vincent for years. Now he’s back from serving in the Army, and she’s determined to make him see her as something other than a little sister.
After a heated Valentine’s date, Nicole is confused by Vince’s withdrawal. She confronts him, but no matter how hot their physical attraction, he keeps backing away.
Nicole helps him follow his lifelong dreams but he drifts further from her happily-ever-after plans. What will it take for him to see he is truly the hero of her heart?
Feathers - T.E.Hodden
Kerry only wanted to do right by Christopher. To protect him from the whispers of 'coward' and the shame of a white feather.
But the war doesn't look like a grand adventure any more. All Kerry wants is Chris home safe. But will he still be the same man she once knew?
Goin' Home - Philip Lisagor
How will Jack be able to put Iraq behind him and return home to Leah and their two children? The green peaceful coast of Ireland is the perfect landing zone from the brown violent landscape of Mesopotamia. Jack is humping ruck along the North Atlantic coast when a chance encounter with an Irish maiden turns him all around and he hears the voice of Leah in a magical moment calling him home.
Promises Kept - Terri Rochenski
Ever since they were kids, Joan dreamed of being Walt Herley’s wife. But, Joan's dream is short-lived when the Korean War draft has Walt trading his groom's suit for army fatigues. After a short celebration of their rushed nuptials, Walt is whisked away to fulfill his duty to his country, leaving Joan behind with a promise to return.
With her heart a world away, Joan struggles to keep her spirit afloat while praying for the war's expedient end. Fate, however, has a plan of its own, one that threatens Joan’s faith in Walt’s promise to return.
We asked the authors the following question:
Do you have a favorite line in your story?
London Saint James:
Sure do. This comes from Captain Quinn Alstrom of the U.S. Coast Guard, the hero of my story.
“I’d made a promise. However, I wasn’t sure how to really fulfill it because, the simple truth of the matter had always been, I loved Veronica Taylor-Weis.”
I am not sure why I am so proud of some descriptive text, but I always liked this:
"She was resting her head on against the window, watching the bitter cold fog rolling past. The spectral silver choked the lights of the city, making them distant and ethereal, reducing the trucks, the carts, even the pedestrians to shadows that were only half seen. Fish and whales swimming past in an ocean abyss. Vague and alien, visible only for a second before they were consumed by the silver veil."
“This woman was the sun. Warmth from her smile invigorated the dusk in his soul. Did he really want to live with constant winter?”
“One minute she was the sweetest and softest girl, but the next minute she turned into a fearsome warrior.”
Yes, when the young lady says, “Love me, love me.”
“I opened my mouth and began singing Because of You, reminding Walt that a song sang in my heart, but only because of him.”
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